Karma Automotive

  • Manager, Body Structures

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    Karma Automotive creates expressive and beautiful luxury cars that are environmentally conscious.  We deliver them with personal attention to customers in the global marketplace.  Our customers expect high levels of personalization and customization and we intend to deliver on that promise. If these commitments excite you, we would love to talk. 


    The Manager, Body Structures is primary responsible to investigate and define the next generation body architectures. The sub-role for this position will be to support current production engineering on implementing new technologies to existing platforms.


    • Define future body architectures for new platforms;
    • Candidate must understand economies of scale as it pertains to body materials and manufacturing methodologies;
    • Create and manage timelines for designing and validating chosen ideas;
    • Work closely with current production engineering, manufacturing engineering and vehicle integration;
    • Keep abreast of and report out regularly on emerging automotive technologies;
    • Create DVPR’s and DFMEA’s from component to vehicle level;
    • 0-52 week lead in body development on new programs;
    • Represent body organization in all innovation meetings;
    • Develop high level business plans for certain body constructions, understanding costs of materials, performance, and manufacturing processes;
    • Provide design solutions that are weight and performance driven;
    • Create tradeoff proposals for Studio and Engineering, review to balance budget. Suggest low-cost material alternatives;
    • Coordinate/develop criteria sections with integrated safety counter-measure features included;
    • Develop core competencies across emerging platforms to reduce complexity and cost.


    • BSME required, Master’s Degree preferred;
    • 10+ years in a body design and engineering role;
    • 5+ years Body Lead design experience; 5+ plus years Body Structures, Closures or Exterior parts design;
    • Knowledgeable in not only body structures but also closures and exterior Ideal candidate must have a strong materials background;
    • CATIA V5 / R17 Expert Knowledge required;
    • FAST Expert Knowledge Required
    • Problem solving experience where problems are unusual and difficult.
    • Previous OEM and automotive experience required.
    • Previous Lead design experience in Product Engineering preferred.
    • Previous assembly plant launch experience preferred.
    • Dimensional Management and Dimensional Checking experience preferred.
    • Understanding of GD&T required.
    • Experience Benchmarking light weight materials, alternative fixing and joining technologies and applying those into the design activities as appropriate
    • Steel door design experience preferred. Other closure materials such as aluminum doors, SMC decklid and fender experience preferred.
    • Experience in developing Criteria Development Section (Typical Sections).
    • Experience with aluminum in panel forming preferred.
    • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable.


    NO 3rd Parties, Principals Only, Please


    Come and join the great Karma Team, where you can make a career! Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions. Relocation assistance may be available.


    Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law. Karma Automotive LLC, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.


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